Sugar: What is WHO's recommendation on consuming sugar?


Most people today know that consuming too much sweets is harmful to health. But still, people usually start their day with sweet tea and foods that have excessive amounts of sugar. 


But how much quantity of sweets is not harmful to health? The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines in this regard, which you can understand in detail in this article.

What is WHO's recommendation?

According to WHO, an adult should not consume more than 10 percent of the total calories in a day from added sugar. In simple words, if you consume 2000 calories daily, then only 200 calories out of it should come from added sugar. This amount is equivalent to about 50 grams of sugar, which is equal to about 12 teaspoons of sugar. 

Consuming even less sugar is beneficial

WHO also advises that consuming even less sugar is even more beneficial for health. That means only 100 calories out of 2000 calories should come from sugar, which is equal to about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar.

Why is it important to pay attention to sugar?

Excess sugar intake can lead to a number of diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay. Therefore, it is very important to pay attention to the amount of sugar in your diet.

How to reduce sugar intake?

Consume less packaged food and canned beverages. Because they often contain a lot of sugar. Reduce the habit of adding sugar to your beverages. Consume fruits in fresh form. Eat sweet things in small quantities and as little as possible.